Welcome back guys! Have you recovered yet?
Matt: Only just, silly season is upon us and we’re straight back into full on work. It’s nice to get a chance like this to reflect upon the experience properly.
LL: I think so. It’s actually quite good to be back and catch up with life and work, not to mention having the full brain capacity to do so.
How did you go about all of this? How do you prepare for the world stage?
Our very own Lisa-Laura won the UK Brewer's Championship this year and here she writes about her experience and talks about preparing for the World Brewer's Cup in November.
Brazil is the biggest producer of coffee in the world.
It's too expensive to produce coffee there in the same way it is picked and processed in Ethiopia, Kenya, or Guatemala. There's no abundance of low-cost labour to do these jobs in most coffee-producing areas of Brazil. This is fortunate for labourers, as they have options, and means that Brazil instead needs to turn to innovation and technology to get the job done in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
The Climpson & Friends Brazil Trip of 2016 took a twist after Daterra Estate hosted us, when Bruno de Sousa turned up to drive us further into Minas Gerais, stopping at Sites of Coffee Significance along the way. These included the freshly planted Fazenda Lavirinha (demonstrating how diversity of crops can be a sustainable model for farmers, without compromising quality) and a visit to a commodity coffee dry mill in Campos Altos (where quality coffees exist amongst the lower grades but generally are all treated equally and sold at the lower end of “commodity” pricing).